"One of My Turns" as written by and Roger Waters....
"Oh my God! What a fabulous room! Are all these your guitars?
"I'm sorry sir, I didn't mean to startle you"
"This place is bigger than our apartment"
"Let me know when you're entering a room"
"Yes sir"
"Um, Can I get a drink of water?"
"I was wondering about"
"You want some, huh?"
"Yes"
"Oh wow, look at this tub? Do you want to take bath?"
"I'll have to find out from Mrs. Bancroft what time she wants to meet us, for her main"
"What are watching?"
"If you'll just let me know as soon as you can Mrs Bancroft" "Mrs Bancroft"
"Hello?"
"I don't understand"
"Are you feeling okay?"

Day after day, love turns grey
Like the skin of a dying man
And night after night, we pretend its all right
But I have grown older and
You have grown colder and
Nothing is very much fun any more
And I can feel one of my turns coming on
I feel cold as a razor blade
Tight as a tourniquet
Dry as a funeral drum

Run to the bedroom,
In the suitcase on the left
You'll find my favorite axe
Don't look so frightened
This is just a passing phase
One of my bad days
Would you like to watch T.V.?
Or get between the sheets?
Or contemplate the silent freeway?
Would you like something to eat?
Would you like to learn to fly?
Would'ya?
Would you like to see me try?

Would you like to call the cops?
Do you think it's time I stopped?
Why are you running away?


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"One of My Turns" as written by Roger Waters

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    General Commenthe isn't talking to his wife, at the begining she says:
    "Oh my god! What a fabulous room, look at all these guitars", young lust makes that very clear
    Ronnoon May 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentepitomizes a breaking point..
    Pink is sitting neurotically thinking about all the pointlessness of life and love
    When he can't take it anymore and snaps
    happens to the best of us..

    beautiful songs
    beautiful use of similes..
    despaired dreameron February 26, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning"Day after day, love turns grey
    Like the skin of a dying man
    Night after night, we pretend it's all right
    But I have grown older and
    You have grown colder and
    Nothing is very much fun any more."

    it's about his wife. their love is dying as the days go by, yet they go on as if nothing is wrong, as many do. he's older now (they got married young), and he's changed, and she's grown colder, she doesn't care about him anymore.

    "And I can feel one of my turns coming on.
    I feel cold as razor blade
    Tight as a tourniquet
    Dry as a funeral drum"

    his temper is about to break, simple as that.

    the next whole segment, the loud half of the song, is still directed at his wife. these are the things he'd like to say to his wife, in order to finally express his feelings.

    "Run to the bedroom, in the suitcase on the left
    You'll find my favorite axe"

    this line could mean that he's planning to leave, and axe is referring to a guitar. as a musician i know i'd never leave anywhere for good without my guitar, and bringing his favorite guitar in itself could be symbolic of leaving for good. otherwise it's a threat of violence, or a confession of previously intended violence. or lastly he's saying i'm taking my favorite axe (way of hurting you) with me when i leave, meaning he's planning on leaving in order to stop hurting her.

    "Don't look so frightened
    This is just a passing phase
    Just one of my bad days"

    that's all it is. some people's bad days are worse than others, he's saying this is normal for him. so please don't be alarmed, i won't hurt you, i just need to get this shit out of my head.

    "Would you like to watch T. V.?
    Or get between the sheets?
    Or contemplate the silent freeway?
    Would you like something to eat?"

    very sarcastic. these are basic things that couples do, but they're boring things. he's repeating things she's asked him, while he was in a bad mood she'd ask him to do things like these to get his mind off of what was bothering him. just normal things that people do to escape. the sarcasm voices disdain.

    "Would you like to learn to fly?
    Would you like to see me try?"

    pure and simple words said to hurt. 'why don't you jump off a cliff?' essentially means 'go to hell.' 'fuck off.' etc. the answer will almost always be 'no.' so he follows with 'then i will.' he's just being hurtful.

    "Would you like call the cops?
    Do you think it's time I stopped?
    Why are you running away?"

    starts off with a certain amount of sarcasm still in his voice, though it could be unintentional (many times i've spoken with an unintended tone of voice), but by the end of the three lines he's truly confused and distressed. to him these actions are normal and routine, but everybody always runs away. they take their turn and then he takes his and it seems like such an overreaction but he honestly just feels that strongly. he can't help it.

    turn in this song means a turn as in you go, then i go. it also means a turn in mood, like a turn for the worse.
    comuson April 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song sounds like he is thinking about commiting suicide to me. I would say the lyrics indicate that he hates his life and is depressed. He realizes he is in one of his depressed moods again and he thinks about killing himself but never does. He doesn't becuase he knows its a passing phase and he will feel better. My evidence for this is teh mention of razerblade when talking about being depressed. Getting old/love fading are causes for depression. Nothing is fun. He then decides to have a little fun and scares the girl by asking her to get his favorite axe(the guitar). Which someone might interpret as this guy is a serial killer why would he have a favorite axe(the weapon).

    He lists things that they can do but with sarcasm because they all dont interest him. The last one "Silent highway" one involves staring at a window which is where he transitions to saying to the groupie would you like to see me jump. He is considering jumping out the window to his death. IMO he thinks maybe that will entertain him and if not it will end his misery.

    Thats what I think the song is talking about but it maintains a crazy aspect to it because thats how he is dealing with depression and boredom by being crazy and spontanious and purposely scaring the groupie away as he is no longer interested in her.
    Truffinatoron March 22, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is the part in the story of "The Wall" where the character, Pink, brings a groupee up to his room to possibly get back at his cheating wife......as he sees the WWII movie on tv, he stops and watches, possibly remembering his father who died in WWII.......later in the song, he flips out as anyone can see. He talks about how the love in his marriage is dying.
    Centri_Alphaon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe wall is about a guy going crazy....this song is about him going nuts and at the same time talking to a bystander like nothing is going on... then at the end he asks why are you running away.... he's obviously on drugs while he flips out
    Eleventeen333on August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to be pink talking to his wife and telling her that their relationship is falling apart in the beginning the song is slow and sad pink is also in a very bad state as he describes his marriage. when he says "Night after night, we pretend it's all right " this is describing how they are both are pretending that everything is fine but they both know eventually they will have to let go. After talking about this Pink has built up all of this rage because he knows that his marriage can't work but he is also too afraid to let go so in the next part of the song he flips out and starts yelling at his wife and throwing things. At the end she leaves him. When he says "why are you running away?" he is sad and scared because he knows that she isn't comin back.
    Riot Mentalityon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy attempt at interpreting this:

    "Day after day, love turns grey
    Like the skin of a dying man
    Night after night, we pretend it's all right
    But I have grown older and
    You have grown colder and
    Nothing is very much fun any more."

    Pink enters his hotel room with a groupie. He's with the groupie only because, as revealed in the previous songs, Pink realized his wife is cheating on him.

    Pink is no stranger to the groupie thing, and there he is with a groupie in his hotel room. It's old to him. Maybe he feels like he's mentally too old for it at this point.

    These lines also represent pink's fading marriage.
    Like "You have grown colder " Pink is no good for his wife and he's only hurting her and she is realizing this and beginning to move on with her life- without Pink and the emotional abuse he causes her to suffer.

    "And I can feel one of my turns coming on.
    I feel cold as razor blade
    Tight as a tourniquet
    Dry as a funeral drum,"

    Uh oh.... Pink knows whats about to happen and he can't stop it.

    "Run to the bedroom, in the suitcase on the left
    You'll find my favorite axe
    Don't look so frightened
    This is just a passing phase
    Just one of my bad days


    Would you like call the cops?
    Do you think it's time I stopped?"

    Pink is flipping out at this point. In the movie, he kicks and breaks the TV screen, trashes the whole hotel room, throws a tv out the window, throws stuff at the groupie, chasing her away.

    In the lines "Don't look so frightened, This is just a passing phase, Just one of my bad days" Pink is attempting to explain his actions, although this is while he's acting. He's scaring the shit out of the groupie. Pink's 'turn' is the last thing she expected to witness tonight. She just wants to "get between the sheets" with Pink.

    "Would you like to watch T. V.?
    Or get between the sheets?
    Or contemplate the silent freeway?
    Would you like something to eat?
    Would you like to learn to fly?
    Would you like to see me try?
    Would you like call the cops?
    Do you think it's time I stopped?"

    ...sarcasm aimed at the groupie while he's flipping out and trashing the place.

    "Why are you running away?"

    Pink is, well, pretty crazy at this point in the album[/movie]. Maybe he really doesn't understand why the groupie is running away even though he obviously chased her away.

    This last line also has a direct meaning to Pink's marriage. Same concept though. It's obvious why pink's wife would want to leave him. He has nothing to offer her emotionally, and he may even be physically abusive. Pink's wife is definitely suffering emotional abuse from Pink. Pink might not even realize what he's doing to his wife and may not understand.

    HE'S FUCKING CRAZY.
    dalenkwinton March 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a guy that loses it and breaks shit in his apartment.
    BobSaget666on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentlove the album, movie and roger waters live with this...but uh..yeah this song to me is how fucked up this dudes life is and as soon as anyone gets close to him and see whats wrong with him, they put distance between them...
    RedRavenon October 18, 2004   Link

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